IGNACIO, Colo. — Village People, the iconic music supergroup best known for hits "YMCA," "In the Navy" and "Macho Man" is performing a free concert Saturday at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio, Colo.

"First of all, I hope there have been no fatalities," Alexander Briley, G.I. from Village People and a member of the band since its 1977 beginning, wrote in an email to The Daily Times.

"It's a wonderful thing to know that we as performers can give our time to help so many in need," he wrote. "I certainly hope that many will support this very important show."

Starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, a total of 1,100 general admission tickets will be available at the Sky Ute Casino Resort box office, with a limit of four tickets per person. Those attending are asked to give a cash donation to be put toward the Blanco and Little Sand wildfire relief efforts.

"This was a collective decision made by the management team at Sky Ute Casino Resort in an effort to support those who serve tirelessly in their efforts to battle wildfires and keep our communities safe," Heather Hughes, marketing manager at Sky Ute, said in a prepared statement. "Sky Ute Casino Resort and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe have always been committed to doing the right thing for the Four Corners, our Earth and the people for whom we share it. So, as we witness our friends, families and neighbors across Colorado and New Mexico affected by the recent wildfires, we knew we needed to step up in a big way.


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Before and after the show, volunteers from the American Red Cross of Southwest Colorado will collect donations for wildfire relief across the state and region. Several firefighters battling the Little Sand fire in Pagosa Springs, Colo., also will be on hand for special recognition.

"The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has always been an extremely supportive partner of the Southwest Colorado Red Cross and the communities we serve," said Cindy Shank, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southwest Colorado. "We're very thankful that they are hosting such a big event to raise money for those affected by the wildfires."

According to the Red Cross, volunteers from Durango, Colo., were able to complete a damage assessment and four cases were opened Tuesday for those affected by the Blanco fire for a total of $1,900 in direct assistance.

This is an all ages show and guaranteed to be fun for the whole family.

"We quite often tell people to wear their dancing shoes," Briley said. "Why? Because there's a lot of energy we put out on that stage and we love to see some footwork."

Doors open at 7 p.m. A 70s costume contest will take place on stage before the show for the chance to win great prizes. Suave will open the show at 8 p.m. and the Village People will take the stage at 9:15 p.m.

All previously purchased tickets will be refunded. Credit card purchases will be refunded automatically by June 29. Cash purchases will be refunded at the Sky Ute Casino Gift Shop.

For more information on the concert, visit skyutecasino.com.